If I am being honest with myself, I have been using more negative words than positive. I have been in a slump. A negative, self-degrading, powerful slump that is hard to get out of. Summer is a time that should be joyful, relaxing, laying by the pool in the hot sun, and a time to make memories. I can’t seem to relax long enough to find joy and peace. To enjoy the small moments in life that quickly fade.
My life has changed quite a bit. I am now married, a stepmother, learning a new job, and trying to figure out a new weekly schedule. I love fitness. It is one thing that keeps me going. Without it, I feel lost, lazy, sick, tired, and unmotivated. It has been a challenge for me to find the balance between work life, personal life, bettering my marriage, keeping contact with old friends, visiting family out of state, and being fed by God’s word. I find it a little overwhelming and my body is reacting because of it all. Life changes can be hard. I remember transitioning from highschool to college. Moving away from my friends and family- starting a brand new life- brand new schedule.
Eventually I will adapt and feel fine, but its the in-between that I find difficult to have patience, courage, and joy. Lately, I have made agreements that have hurt me more than I realized. I agreed that I wasn’t smart anymore, I wouldn’t be able to pass my personal training exam I am studying for, I am not equip to cook a good dinner for my family, I am too tired to relax and talk with my husband, there is no hope for an exciting, adventurous future, I don’t feel beautiful and I weigh too much on the scale. I was saying these things to myself and didn’t even see the harm it was doing.
Joyce Meyers has a podcast called “Making God’s Words Our Words.” It was exactly what I needed to hear. Proverbs 18:20 says-
“From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips.”
Joyce discussed how important words are and the consequences they can have. “Prophesying” or “speaking out” is one great way we can use God’s power over our future. After listening to her podcast, I wanted to give it a try. I came home to my empty house and starting talking out loud. This is how it sounded, ” In Jesus name, I speak over my insecurity in myself. I claim your knowledge and wisdom over my studying, I am your daughter that you created, you “chose me before I was even formed in the womb” (Jeremiah 1:5), I will not worry about my future because you tell me to “seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be provided for you” (Matthew 6:33), and I will “be glad and rejoice, because my reward is great in heaven!” (Matthew 5:12). I spoke out over my husband, my job, my attitude, my gifts, my little girls future, and more.
We need to claim these words. Claim the words God has given us in the bible. We aren’t slaves anymore. Jesus died on the cross so we could be free! If we are free, why are we walking around in shackles and chains, bound by insecurity, fear, hopelessness, or exhaustion? God has given us authority to speak over our lives in His name. Why do we forget to use this special tool? It’s a free gift from God.
Claim God’s promises dear sister. Claim them out loud! God has freed you, now its time to allow yourself to be freed.